UCL Graduate degrees


How to Apply – a step-by-step guide

A step-by-step guide to applying for a graduate taught programme at UCL.

1. Identify the degree programme at UCL you wish to study

All graduate programmes are available to view through our taught degrees directory. 

View all postgraduate taught degrees

2. Check the entry requirements

Check that you meet the entry requirements for the programme you are interested in:

  • View academic entry requirements in the relevant programme entry of the Graduate Prospectus
  • Find out which qualifications UCL accepts from other countries (select your country from the map)
  • Check UCL’s English language proficiency requirements, if your previous education has not been conducted in English.

If you have additional questions, a contact name, telephone number and email address is given for each programme on the relevant page of the Graduate Prospectus.

3. Check application deadlines

  • Check application deadlines for your programme of interest.
  • In general, you should apply as soon as you can as many programmes fill up before the deadline. If the programme is full it will not appear as an option in the online application system
  • Consider funding application deadlines, if this applies to you.

Unless otherwise stated, the application deadline is 5pm on the given deadline date.

4. Submit your application

You must submit your application yourself and not via an agency. 

Applications must be supported by:

  • one or two references (where applicable) from people who are able to comment on your suitability for the programme for which you are applying;
  • transcripts (in English) for all qualifications that are relevant to your application;
  • English language certificate (if applicable)

References must be received within two weeks of the programme deadline in order for you to have the best chance of being considered. Please note, once your application has been submitted you will be able to manage your referees' details in the applicant portal, resend reference requests and replace referees.

Guide for online applications

You will need to register for the online application process with a valid email address and password.

Before you apply please make sure that you have read our detailed guide to completing the online application (.doc).

We advise that you and your referees add the following email addresses to your list of approved contacts so that you receive all application related correspondence:

donotreplyadmissions@ucl.ac.uk admissions@ucl.ac.uk

Applying using a paper application form

UCL’s preferred method of application is via the online system. If, for any reason, you wish to apply directly to a UCL programme (not those listed above) but are unable to apply online, you may download a paper application. This form must first be downloaded to your computer. Then it can be filled in and saved, allowing you to print off and send to the address stated on the form when complete.

How your application will be assessed   

We will only assess your application once it is fully completed and meets the following criteria:

  • it is submitted;
  • the application fee (where applicable) is paid successfully;
  • one or two references (where applicable) received directly from your referees;
  • an acceptable transcript received.

Some programmes require additional information, including GRE scores, portfolios and samples of written work.

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Additional requirements

  • Some selectors may wish to interview you or request further information. 
  • If this applies to your programme you will be informed during the application process and emailed with any other specific requests.

UCL is committed to equal opportunities for all

Amending your application

Once you have submitted your application, should you wish to make any amendments please submit a query through your applicant portal. 

Submit an application

5. Await decision

Some selectors wait until the programme application deadline has passed before considering all applications together or in a number of different rounds. Other selectors consider applications as soon as they are received.

Academic departments may contact you during the application process. Please note that only the Graduate Admissions Office is able to make you an official, binding offer.

You will be able to track the progress of your application via the UCL Applicants Portal (log-in required).

6. Pay tuition fee deposit (if applicable)

If your application to a postgraduate programme is successful you may need to pay a tuition fee deposit. The deposit is payable for a number of postgraduate taught programmes as well as the Paediatric Dentistry (DDent). The amount payable is dependent on the mode of study and fee status.